Ganesh Himal Trek – 16 Days
Explore the remote nearly untouched mountain range surrounding Ganesh Himal to learn about the traditional lifestyles of the secluded people in the beauty of unscathed mountain trails. Located between the Langtang and Manaslu Ranges, Ganesh Himal named after the elephant headed god of fortune offers timeless views of multiple diverse mountain ranges, rivers and valleys without the crowds of more popular ranges. Explore the crystal clear lakes near basecamp as you move from the scenic greenery of the lowlands to the barren desert like paths leading up the mountain. Have a truly unique adventure and while enjoying the views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Annapurna, Manaslu, Lamjung and the famous fishtail formation in the tranquil relaxing vantage points only found in Ganesh Himal.
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu (1350m)
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from the MSM Tour and Treks team holding a sign with your name in the parking lot. After a brief introduction, you will be escorted to your hotel. After check in, and welcome drinks you will be free to explore around the backpacker haven of Thamel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing [1300 m/4264 ft]
Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu including Durbar Square, and Pashupati temple that are both Unesco World Heritage Sites. You will also visit the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) that is one of the large Stupas in the world. Afterwards, you will meet with your trek leader for a briefing and a short question and answer section about your trip. You will also have time to shop for any additional trekking equipment with staff assistance if necessary.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pairebeshi
we will take a scenic drive through the Kathmandu valley passing through traditional villages, terraced agriculture fields, powerful waterfalls and holy lakes on the way to the mixed cultural village of Pairebeshi.
Day 4: Pairebeshi to Kispang
We being our trek following along a steep trail passing along a chain of quaint traditional villages before arriving in the small town of Kispang home to the Tamang known for their traditional farming techniques.
Day 5: Trek to Bhalche
The trail leads up through some scenic greenery home to a wide range of flora and fauna leading into a dense forest. After resting at a scenic vantage point we will continue to Bhalche to make camp in the forest.
Day 6: Bhalche to Gonga
We continue through the rhododendron encrusted forest learning more about the local wildlife on the way to Gonga where we will enjoy a scenic mountain sunset before resting for the night.
Day 7: Trek to Rupchet
The trail becomes increasingly steep as we leave Gonga. As we ascend, you will notice the rapid change of scenery as the terrain becomes more barren as we approach the alpine area.
Day 8: Rest Day
We will spend a day resting for the strenuous climbs to come while exploring the local scenery. You have the option of taking a hike to a particularly scenic location offering timeless views of the valley below.
Day 9: Trek to Kharka via Singla
The trail begins with a steep 2-hour climb before reaching the scenic town of Singla known for its views of the Himalayan giants including Ganesh Himal, Langtang and Manaslu towering over the icy region. We then retrace our steps to Rupchet and continue to the town of Kharka to enjoy a traditional meal and relax during the evening.
Day 10: Kharka to Pang Sang La
We continue along a ridge gradually rising to the historical Pang Sang La Pass known for its panoramic views of the timeless snowcapped mountains in the distance. We will make camp near the pass to enjoy the scenery while we rest.
Day 11: Trek to Somdang
Today is one of the most enjoyable days of the trek as the mountain tapestry is constantly in view as you slow approach the intimidating peaks of the Ganesh Himal Region. We will spend the night near the traditional Tamang village of Somdang taking time to talk with locals and learn more about the traditional lifestyle of the friendly hill people.
Day 12: Trek to Gatlang
We take a long walk passing through several scenic viewpoints through a forest on the way to the village of Gatlang. This town is a traditional resting point and serves as the entryway to the traditional Tamang heritage trails throughout the region.
Day 13: Trek to Syabrubesi
We will continue our descent passing through the beautiful terraced fields through a chain of traditional villages each with their own unique charm and traditions. The hike offers excellent views as you descend with a mix of mountain and lowland scenery making for a relaxed and tranquil hike.
Day 14: Return to Kathmandu
We will return along the scenic road back to Kathmandu to spend the evening celebrating the completion of your trip in the backpacker haven of Thamel before taking a well deserved rest at your hotel for the night.
Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu
Today is a great day to do any additional sightseeing. Visit any additional temples or places of interest while you explore the bustling streets of the spiritual capital city. You may also take some time to do some souvenir shopping at the countless stores offering traditional Nepalese products and handicrafts. We will arrange a celebratory cultural dinner with traditional food, music and dancing to make sure you get the most ourof your trip to Nepal.
Day 16: Departure
Today, a Member of the MSM team will escort you to the airport for your flight. After saying our farewells you will continue on your journey with fond memories of you adventure in Nepal.
- Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer)
- Government license holder Trekking Guide.
- Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bag pack during the trekking.
- All accommodation and meals during the trek.
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary
- Trekking guide and porters accommodation, fare, meal, equipments and salary & Insurance
- All program as mentioned in itinerary.
- Government Tax and office service charge.
- Welcome and Farewell dinner.
- A comprehensive medical kit
- Airport drop
- Nepal Visa fee
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, Soft drinks such as cola, , shower & any Purely personal nature expenses etc)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Tips for guides and porters
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed